Two Israelis, one an eight-year-old boy, were seriously injured by Palestinian rockets fired into southern Israel on Saturday evening, medical workers and police said. Reports said the two were brothers who were wounded by a rocket that landed in the center of the Israeli town of Sderot, located about 5 km from the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
"The child was walking in the street when the rocket fell," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said, according to Reuters. Hamas claimed responsibility for the rocket fire. At least nine rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza Strip on Saturday, an Israeli army spokeswoman said.
Meanwhile, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' top negotiator, Ahmed Qurie, told a U.S. envoy on Saturday that a peace accord with Israel would only be possible this year if commitments by both sides were met. Qurie (Abu Ala'a) told visiting Assistant U.S. Secretary of State David Welch that Israel has not met its obligations under a long-stalled "road map" peace plan.
"We talked about the possibility of achieving peace this year and an agreement with Israel this year. We said yes it is possible but with good will from both sides," the senior Palestinian official said, according to Reuters. According to him, the peace process would require continuous support from the "Quartet" of Middle East negotiators -- the United States, Russia, the European Union and the United Nations -- and the international community.